Christmas Morning Meals 

Christmas morning is often a busy one, especially with kids or family visiting from out of town crowding the house.  Putting together a great meal for the morning is something many people don't want to take on in the midst of gift wrapping and preparations for a big dinner as well.  Try one of these easy make-ahead ideas so that Christmas morning is relaxing and easy. 

Breakfast Casseroles 

A breakfast casserole lets you get together all of the elements of a complete breakfast into one dish and simply slip it in the oven to bake come Christmas morning.  There are a number of easy and delicious recipes from which to choose. 

A simple breakfast casserole can be made by layering scrambled eggs, cooked potatoes, crumbled sausage, and cheese.  Simply put it together ahead of time and refrigerate.  In the morning, it needs only to be heated up in the oven and will be ready to serve within half an hour. 

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls 

There's nothing quite like a warm cinnamon roll fresh from the oven, and if it's made from scratch it's even better.  Of course, no one has time to wait for dough to rise on Christmas morning, nor do they want to put in the effort. 

You can have homemade cinnamon rolls fresh on Christmas morning, however, if you simply make them the night before.  Prepare them as usual, but when it comes time for the second rise, put them in fridge instead.  In the morning place them in the oven with a pan of hot water for 30 minutes.  Then remove the water, preheat the oven, and bake as usual.  This holiday treat will be appreciated by young and old! 

Cook And Freeze 

Waffles and French toast can both be made ahead of time, frozen, and then simply reheated in a low oven or a toaster.  Instead of store-bought frozen choices, you can make your own from scratch days before.  Lay them on cookie sheets to freeze and then transfer to plastic freezer bags so they won't stick together. 

Freezing lets you do the work far ahead of time and simply enjoy the results come Christmas morning.  Top them with fresh fruit and whipped cream and no one will know they just came from the freezer. 

Take the pressure off Christmas morning with any one of these easy and impressive breakfast ideas.  Make them ahead and then spend only a few minutes in the kitchen when the big day comes, so that you can relax and enjoy the day.